Monday, February 14, 2022

Events this week - Katherine May in conversation with Sally Haldorson, plus more on Lucy Dacus, Christina Clancy


 Just one event this week it. It seems we are still in the winter doldrums. I thought we'd get a lot of proposals for strong winter programs, but it was quiet. 

Our Monday event was cancelled, and it wasn't even open to the public. Lucy Dacus is playing at Turner Hall Ballroom tonight and RadioMilwaukee organized a mini preview concert that would air in late afternoon. It was all set! But then Dacus experienced two herniated discs and is now performing the rest of her tour on couches! The extra event was just too much. You can read more about the tour on Live for Live Music. And tickets are still available for the Turner Hall Ballroom concert. There's also probably more on the Radio Milwaukee website

Dacus did put together her reading list:
The Fever Poems, by Octavio Paz
Latitude, by Natasha Rao
Dreaming of You, a novel by Melissa Lozada-Oliva
The Price of Salt (Carol), by Patricia Highsmith
Toyko Ueno Station, by Miri Yu
The White Album: Essays, by Joan Didion
Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tuesday's event is still on, but it's also private, a special Valentine's Day lunch sponsored by Ellenbecker Investment Group featuring Christina Clancy . This event is officially done through Books & Company, with each attendee getting a copy of The Second Home through them, but we agreed to sell books if someone wanted to buy Shoulder Season. It's usually tough to get folks to buy additional books if their event already comes with a book, but being that we're talking about Shoulder Season, it's possible!

Speaking of partners (and we have been - Radio Milwaukee, Turner Hall Ballroom, Books & Company, Woman's Club of Wisconsin), we're doing several virtual events with Porchlight Book Company with my* old colleague Sally Haldorson, Managing Director of Porchlight, formerly 800-CEO-READ, formerly formerly Schwartz Business Books. See how it ties together? 

Our first program is Wednesday, February 16, 12:30 pm Central, with Katherine May, the author of The Electricity of Every Living Thing and the indie bestseller Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat n Difficult Times, the #1 Indie Next Pick from January 2021. 

Register for this virtual conversation by clicking right here.

In anticipation of her 38th birthday, Katherine May set out to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. She wanted time alone, in nature, to understand why she had stopped coping with everyday life; why motherhood had been so overwhelming and isolating; and why the world felt full of expectations she couldn’t meet. She was also reeling from a chance encounter with a voice on the radio that sparked her realization that she might be autistic. And so begins a trek along the ruggedly beautiful but difficult path by the sea that takes readers through the alternatingly frustrating, funny, and enlightening experience of re-awakening to the world around us.

The Electricity of Every Living Thing sees Katherine come to terms with that diagnosis leading her to re-evaluate her life so far - with a much kinder, more forgiving eye. We bear witness to a new understanding that finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys of this joyous and inspiring book become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, we learn alongside her how to find our way back to our own true selves.

Read Emily Porter's staff rec blog post here.

More on the Boswell upcoming event page. 

*Not just me, but three other current Boswellians worked with Sally.

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